22nd January 2018 – 100th anniversary of the passing of W.T. Braithwaite

V.W. Bro. William Thomas Braithwaite, 18°.

Former member of Temple Masonic Lodge 51

Extract from “History of Masonic Hall, Arthur Square, Belfast” by Samuel Leighton, 1927.


V.W. Bro. W. T. Braithwaite, 18°

V.W. Bro. W. T. Braithwaite, 18°, P.M.W.S. Chapter 12, P.P.S.G. Warden, Antrim.   P.M., P.K., P.P. of Temple Lodge, Royal Arch Chapter and Preceptory. Died 22nd January, 1918. This portrait was unveiled by R.W.Bro. Jas. H. Stirling, 30°, Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Antrim, at the Stated Meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge. 10th May, 1920.

V.W. Bro. Braithwaite, 18°, familarly known to his brethren as ” W.T.B.,” was greatly esteemed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was of a most retiring disposition, and it was with difficulty he was persuaded to accept Provincial Grand rank; even then he would have been better pleased with a more humble position than that of Senior Grand Warden, but his brethren decided that the highest office in their gift  was  the  one  for  him.  Subsequently,  he  was exalted  to  the  degree  of  “Prince of the Grand Rose Croix,”  Chapter 12  of  which  he  was P.M.W. Sovereign.

His interest in the Order, and especially in the Charities, was remarkable for sincerity and service, and his unparalleled generosity was manifested in the munificence of his legacies. He was a distinguished sportsman and a famous rifle shot, having earned for himself the cognomen of ” Bull’s Eye Braithwaite ” from the accuracy with which he found the centre of the target. His hospitality was proverbial, and his friendship warm and sincere. In public life he sat as a Water Commissioner, and it was only his own desire which prevented his receiving other honours of a like nature.
He is buried in the Shankill Graveyard and is the first grave as you enter by the lower gate.

Temple 51 Christmas Dinner 2017

On Wednesday the 6th of December 2017 we had our annual Christmas dinner. As usual we were accompanied by our partners, wives, girlfriends, kids etc. There were 47 who sat down to dinner in the main function room in Arthur square. The new caterer did an excellent job and everyone enjoyed the evening.We also were joined by some of our new potential members and their partners who got a tour of the Arthur square hall.

Annual trip to Grand Lodge in Dublin

21 of us went on our annual trip to The Grand Lodge of Ireland headquarters in Molesworth street in Dublin. A good day was had by all. We conferred two 1st degrees and two second degrees one of which was from Belfast Lodge 651. We had guests with us from Lodge 731 and Belfast lodge 651, the team work was excellent with everyone sharing offices and parts of the degree. There was the usual tour of the building given by the always excellent Kieth followed by lunch and a few pints in Buswells.

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Visit to the Ulster Aviation Society

We  had a great day out at the Ulster Aviation Society in September – lucky the roof doesn’t leak as the rain was very heavy


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Temple 51 Pool/beer/coffee night in Robinson’s Bar


12 of the Brethren met for a chat and a beer in the pool room on the top floor of Robinson’s bar Belfast on the 16th August. It was a very relaxed and enjoyable social evening that gave the Brethren a chance to socialise and catch up on things that have happened over the summer break. A few of our prospective new members also attended and had a chance to meet the other Brethren prior to our first festive board in September.  The facilities in Robinson’s are excellent in the pool room, and a good night was had by all

Temple 51 visit the Provincial Grand Lodge Museum and confer a first degree

On Friday 10th June 2016 The members of Temple 51 visited the Provincial Grand lodge Hall in Rosemary Street (PGLH) to confer a first degree on their newest member in the Provincial Grand lodge room. The meeting was hosted by Edenderry lodge 544 to whom we would like to express our thanks for allowing us to confer a first degree. The night went extremely well and was very impressive for the new candidate. We have been told this is the first first degree held in the main Provincial Grand lodge room. We also visited the Provincial Grand lodge museum which is in the basement of the (PGLH). The tour was conducted by WB Robert Bashford and was extremely interesting, he informed us that the museum was actually started by a member of Temple 51 namely VW Brother Samuel Leighton. After the meeting we retired to the Crumlin road hall where lodge 544 very generously laid on a festive board which was enjoyed by all.